"a room beyond imagination!"
I booked our "editors suite" for one night, about 2 months before our trip. The price was in line with any superior level room at a large hotel. Then, we rec;d notice that the hotel changed ownership. Somehow, unbeknownst to us, this translated to our receiving the best room in house-the penthouse. It was 2 levels, 2 stairwells, a small house practically: living room, dining room,a huge walk-in closet, sauna that would seat 8, outside patio,view of the castle etc It was at the building top of course, and the windows were once used to send the carrier pigeons out in the course of newspaper business messaging (former paper HQ's) Needless to say- it was super cool. Room service breakfast was good. Reception is hectic, and I must warn that parking is rough. You need to be guided by phone into an awkward spot to unload baggage, then park down the street. After that bit of trouble, you are positioned in an ideal spot to explore the heart of Edinburgh without needing your vehicle further.
"Hopefully helpful feedback"
While my husband and I loved our overall stay at the Scotsman Hotel, the check-in policy for international travelers is very inflexible. We arrived totally exhausted from a lengthy flight and had to wait hour and hours for our room to be ready. Though check out is 11:00a.m., not everyone checks in or out at exactly the same time, so from our perspective rooms can and should be made available when these are the circumstances. Asking guests to find something to fill time for 7 hours while they are waiting to check-in is unreasonable. This is a beautiful hotel that is centrally located to everything and in every other respect we were very pleased with our stay at the Scotsman.
"Old and dated"
What a disappointment! We read all the ratings on Trip Advisor and were completely sucked in. It started with a less that favorable check in with a rude reception and went downhill from there' Our room wasn't ready until very late in the day and were then shocked at how old and dilapidated it was. I would never stay there again, Motel 6 would be a step up.
If you want to stay somewhere that is different from the usual room that is just a box with a bed inside then The Scotsman Hotel will fit the bill. It seems well run and for a rambling building everything seems well maintained. Importantly the staff are helpful and friendly.
"Luxurious hotel shame about the breakfast"
Lots of luxurious touches like a bar, safe nightlight, fridge, free mini single malt scotch, etc. Very clean with helpful staff. A Number of problems though:. Window near impossible to open. Giant shiny bathroom but with tiny cramped, uncomfortable bath. Milk was off, clock had stopped, bedside lightbulb had fused and there was something else but I can't remember it. Breakfast was a great disappointment. It was pricey but you could have both steak and caviar if you were so inclined. But when asked what there was for vegetarians and vegans, we were told to go to the buffet and take tomato, mushrooms and hash browns.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM